According to a study conducted by Wakefield Research, more than one in three American adults are not happy with their smile. Of those unhappy adults, 36% believe that their social lives would improve if their smile was better, and there’s some truth to that. 77% of women would rather date a balding man than a man with bad teeth.
For some people, the problem is teeth that are crooked, and these issues may be sorted out by an orthodontist. But for many people, the problem is more elusive. Some people don’t really know WHY they don’t like their smile – they just don’t. But periodontists can help you build a smile that you can be proud of.
Why people have periodontal surgery
Some people believe that their teeth are too short or too long. Usually, it’s not the actual teeth that are the problem, but the gums. Gums that are receding can make teeth look too long, when in reality that can be fixed with a simple gum graft. Gums that are too big make teeth look too short, but that can be resolved with a simple crown lengthening.
Periodontists can resolve many other cosmetic issues as well. Missing teeth can be replaced with single crown dental implants, implant-supported bridges, or denture implants. The appearance of the cheek and jaw can be improved with procedures like bone grafting or ridge restoration. The health and well-being of your mouth can alter the shape of your entire face.
48% of people surveyed said that they perceived people with bad teeth to be less successful than people with good teeth, so it’s obvious that your teeth can impact your social life and your professional life. And when you have periodontal damage, the damage can change the way that your face itself looks, causing even greater problems.
Th periodontal surgical procedures that we provide to residents in and around Plantation can be used for cosmetic purposes as well as for the treatment of periodontal disease. The appearance of the gum tissue that surrounds your teeth can play a big part in how healthy and beautiful your smile looks. There are a range of different cosmetic problems that can affect the gums, all of which can be corrected with cosmetic periodontal surgery. Before you contact us to schedule this surgery, you should know about the surgery and the issues that can be corrected with it.
Issues That Can Be Corrected With Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
Among the most common issues that can be treated with cosmetic periodontal surgery is an excess of gum tissues, which can create a gummy smile that emphasizes the gums as opposed to your teeth. It’s possible for the gum tissue in your mouth to cover more of the surface of your tooth than it’s supposed to, which would make it appear as though your teeth are small. The main periodontal surgery used to correct this problem involves a lengthening of the crown (learn more about crown lengthening here) wherein some gum tissue is removed so that more of the surface of your tooth can be visible.
This type of surgery can also be used for the correction of an uneven gum line. If you find that your gum line is somewhat uneven with certain teeth being more covered by gum tissue than others, periodontal surgery can correct these problems and provide you with a more even gum line. The procedure focuses on reshaping the gum tissue on certain teeth so that they better align with the others. This procedure can be performed with lasers or via a standard scalpel. The laser method will seal the gum tissue after reshaping it, which makes for a reduced recovery time.
It’s also possible to correct receding gums line with this form of surgery. If you don’t keep your teeth and gums healthy, it’s possible for the gums to recede over time, which could expose the roots of some of your teeth. While an exposed tooth root can create a range of health problems, a cosmetic issue caused by receding gums is that the roots don’t have the white enamel coating that the crowns of your teeth have, which means that your teeth can appear yellower than they actually are. The main cosmetic periodontal surgery used to correct these issues is gum grafting, which takes gum tissues from one area of your mouth and places them in the affected area. This is a very simple procedure that comes with very little risks.
What Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery Entails
The cosmetic periodontal surgery that we provide can be fully administered at our dental office. Before the actual surgery begins, you’ll be provided with a local anesthesia that will numb the surrounding areas and make sure that you don’t feel any pain while the treatment is ongoing. The laser form of periodontal surgery comes with very little discomfort and doesn’t leave any open wounds, which means that the recovery process will be a short one. Conventional surgery in the form of gum tissue grafts can take longer to recover from. With gum tissue grafts, both the donor site and recipient site will need to heal once the procedure has been completed. Complete healing from this surgery should take around 2-3 weeks.
If you’re suffering from any of the aforementioned issues, it’s important that you consider all of your treatment options. Here at Implantation Dental Center in Plantation, we make sure that all of our customers are provided with exemplary services. The periodontal surgical procedures offered here are administered with the use of state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that the procedure provides you with lasting and effective results. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Whether you’re looking to preserve your smile or to restore it to its most beautiful, a periodontist can help. We invite you to call our Plantation dental office and find out why we’ve been named the best implant dentist in South Florida.